Journey to Value Based Care Without a Roadmap? What were you thinking?

Greg Nelson Our Thots

As organizations move from fee-for-service to value based healthcare (where value is a function of quality and cost) analytics can play a tremendously important role.  As we’ve said before, it is not those with the most data than will win but those that put that data to use that will be successful.  Part of that shift to value based care necessarily means shifting to becoming a data-driven organization.
Recently, the Scottsdale group held their Spring Summit that they recently documented in a report, “Creating Clinically Integrated Networks: Challenges, Successes, Lessons Learned.” Here they led a group of CIO’s wherein they identified several lessons learned to be successful in a value-based environment, including:
  • the need for CIOs to be willing to make strategic decisions and learn quickly from their mistakes
  • the importance of data analytics
  • how to manage the complexity of new partnerships, and
  • the need for collaborative leadership moving forward.

The summary report is an interesting read for anyone interested in what keeps people in healthcare IT up at night. To add to my own worry about the state of healthcare I was shocked to read the following statement: “Leaders from several organizations actually pointed out that there really is no roadmap. They are trying to make decisions quickly, be nimble and move forward on a path, but not knowing necessarily if the path they are going down is the right path.”

That scares me on so many levels but ultimately, I worry that there is a lack of alignment between the elements of organizational strategy – that is, how can IT make sure that the business objectives are being met and best supported without a plan?  We cannot live in wild-west where the next bad guy shows up and we simply respond afterwards by deputizing yet another Sheriff after the carnage has taken place.

In this day and age, we know how to align initiatives with strategy. We know how to monitor and measure progress.  And yes, we know how to perform course correction – but only as a way to realign to our north star – not pick another star!

I would hope that more organizations can adopt a design thinking strategy like UNC Healthcare. Sign up to be part of this important initiative.  

Read the source article at Healthcare Informatics Magazine